Protect yourself from Lyme disease in this tick season
Experts warn that with the higher rainfall and humidity levels we are experiencing, this may be one of the worst tick seasons in recent memory. Do you know how to protect yourself from tick bites and the diseases they transmit?
The tick season starts in mid-April and lasts through summer, although ticks can infect humans throughout the year, according to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Patrick McDonnell of DEP, Pennsylvania explains: “As climate change continues to warm our winters, we see more ticks surviving in the past few months that were too cold to survive. Come down.”
“As the number of ticks continues to increase, so does the chance of tick-borne diseases spreading. We must remain diligent-both to protect ourselves from bites and to seek long-term solutions to climate change.”
Black-legged ticks or deer ticks are the most common carriers of Lyme disease. They are most commonly found in high grass and wooded areas, but can live in any habitat. Deer ticks can be found throughout the Philadelphia area and South Jersey.
Experts warn that people should be alert to spot ticks on the skin and monitor any symptoms that appear after being bitten.
Lyme disease is a Bacterial infections Caused by the bite of an infected tick. After a tick bite, symptoms may appear for up to a month.
according to Mayo Clinic, 3 to 30 days after an infected bite, a bull’s eye-like rash called erythema migrans may appear around the bite. It usually expands slowly within a few days without itching or pain, but it may feel warm to the touch.
It is important to note that the rash can also spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, chills, pain, headache, stiffness, and swollen lymph nodes. Fatigue is also common.
If not detected early and treated properly, Lyme disease can cause more serious health problems, including joint pain and inflammation, and even nerve and heart damage.
According to experts Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, This Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic with Pennsylvania Department of HealthThe best way to protect yourself from tick bites is to avoid walking in tall grass and always stay in the middle of the trail when hiking. An insect repellent containing DEET can also be used on any exposed skin.
After returning from a place where ticks are known, take a bath and check for any suspicious spots on your skin. These spots may have been infiltrated by ticks. Ask a loved one to check the hard-to-reach areas, such as the scalp and back.
Experts say that the longer the tick stays on your body, the more likely you are to contract Lyme disease, so it is important to stay vigilant. You can use tweezers to pull out the tick. Just make sure that the head does not stay in your skin.
Clean the bite marks with an antiseptic. If you start to experience any symptoms of Lyme disease, please make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Early Lyme disease Can be treated with antibiotics.